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A very interesting article (this is just a very small bit). IMO and according to the thinking of this blog, Obama represents the US's 4th dictatorship.:


"He noted that the squabbling city-states of the Greek world tended to cycle through a distinctive sequence of governments—monarchy, followed by aristocracy, followed by democracy, and then back around again to monarchy. It’s a cogent model, especially if you replace “monarchy” with “dictatorship” and “aristocracy” with “junta” to bring the terminology up to current standards.

A short and modernized form of the explanation—those of my readers who are interested in the original form should consult the Histories of Polybius—is that in every dictatorship, an inner circle of officials and generals emerges. This inner circle eventually takes advantage of weakness at the top to depose the dictator or, more often, simply waits until he dies and then distributes power so that no one figure has total control; thus a junta is formed. In every country run by a junta, in turn, a wider circle of officials, officers, and influential people emerges; this wider circle eventually takes advantage of weakness at the top to depose the junta, and when this happens, in ancient Greece and the modern world alike, the standard gambit is to install a democratic constitution to win popular support and outflank remaining allies of the deposed junta. In every democracy, finally, competing circles of officials, officers, and influential people emerge; these expand their power until the democratic system freezes into gridlock under the pressure of factionalism or unsolved crisis; the democratic system loses its legitimacy, political collapse follows, and finally the head of the strongest faction seizes power and imposes a dictatorship, and the cycle begins all over again.

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Glance back over American history and it’s hard to miss the pattern, repeating over a period that runs roughly seventy to eighty years. The dictator-figures were George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin Roosevelt, each of whom overturned existing structures in order to consolidate their power, and did so with scant regard for existing law. The juntas were the old Whigs, the Republicans, and the New Deal Democrats, each of them representatives of a single social class; they were overthrown in turn by Jacksonian populism, the Progressive movement, and the complex social convulsions of the Sixties, each of which diffused power across a broader section of the citizenry. The first cycle ended in stalemate over the issue of slavery; the second ended in a comparable stalemate over finding an effective response to the Great Depression; the third—well, that’s where we are right now. "


http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com/2012/05/democracys-ar...
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No study of crappy American Presidents can exclude Woodrow Wilson.
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It's interesting to me how the word "progressive" has replaced "librul" in so many publications. Well, they can't go back and erase the history books printed on paper.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodrow_Wilson
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If you're interested in 80-year cycles, you might want to read The Fourth Turning, which posits that 4-generation cycles exist, where each generation is psychologically similar to the one eighty years previous -- the same point in the previous cycle. It's an interesting theory.
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If you're interested in 80-year cycles, you might want to read The Fourth Turning, which posits that 4-generation cycles exist, where each generation is psychologically similar to the one eighty years previous -- the same point in the previous cycle. It's an interesting theory.

I actually saw that get used in a webcomic. Two women got custom designer dresses (at their boss's expense) for an event, but they thought the dresses were hideous. One of them said "You know, fashion is cyclical. Let's lot for the last time monstrosities like this were popular, and then flip about two years more recent and pick out something we actually like."
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I read that book.....it's about 3 times longer than it needs to be....very very very very very repetitive....and you get lost reading it.


But, it is an interesting theory and he backs it up.


You've got Gen 1 - that starts from a 'low point' in society - after thiongs collapse. The depression era .....after things 'collapsed' at the 1928/1932 point.....you work to survive...or else....there is next o no 'safety net' and the last thing you want to do is be 'dependent' on 'the safety net'.....folks take care of each other through church, social clubs, and extended family.


Then you've got GEn 2 - where Gen 1 was brought the country out of calamity...... but you've started on your own societal demise by the start of 'progessivism'....(ie, SS and the beginnings of the Nanny State).

But Gen 2 is industrious, hardworking, sharing...and you have prosperity....and self reliance and responsibility.....the welfare state starts to expand.....you can 'afford' the small bit of welfare state.....things are growing by leaps and bounds.

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THen you have Gen 3- the baby boomers...... they are prosperous and industrious - but have now been caught up in the welfare expansion.....when you have a 'little bit good', why not expand it to 'even more public do gooders'..... and Gen 3 becomes 'consumers'.....and more and more are less and less self reliant...

MOre and more government programs and corruption through loopholes and tax redistribution. Less and less 'self reliance' and less and less dependence upon your social groups, social clubs and extended family as time goes on......

The expectation is 'that government will take care of you' if you fail or are unprepared....

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THen you get to Gen 4 - who are more interested in 'self actualization' and 'expression' than achieving self reliance and being 'prosperous'. They are 'guaranteed' survival.

They are guaranteed (or think they are)...education through the highest level. Their attitudes are 'society owes me since I am a member'. they don't have the work ethic.

Just like the mythical Obama Julia.....the Nanny State provides all....head start....public schools...contraception.....college grants....healthcare for all...... and they imagine nice retirement.

Debt? No problem...borrow your way to prosperity.


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And then it all collapses from its own weight and debt .....and the social lack of will to 'prosper' through hard work.

You go back to a 1929/1930 situation or worse...and start the 4 generation cycle all over again......


It's basically 4 generations of going from self responsibility to total dependence upon the Nanny State. It's attitudes going from reliance to dependence. From building up prosperity to killing prosperity through driving the Nanny State into bankruptcy and moral decay.

http://www.fourthturning.com/



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In the old days when I cared....

Libs used to jump on me for "flag waving" and "jingoism" becaause I merely felt it was right to promote pride amongst Americans, about their country and also, to RE-INTRODUCE American history and civics in schools and even pop culture a little. I was worried that America would one day cease to be a nation-state, and instead become a multicultural polyglot where the citizens weren't citizens, but moreso rabbits to be controlled by the Ruling Class.

Because after all, if you don't understand your rights, how you got them, and the utter greatness of your country, you won't know the difference when your rights are being taken away, right? (Not my concept. Senator David Boren, DEMOCRAT wrote a book on this topic)

Liberals, ever disgusted with the idea of "America" prefer focusing on slavery and other evils which IS LEGIT. We should remember our sins....but we shouldn't be solely focused on them.

So where we are.

Whether it's Bush or Obama, they are steadily taking away rights, bending Constitutions, and day by day making Americans less free.

And "americans", don't give a crap.

Why?

Cause they don't know any better antymore.

Obama 2012....decline

JediG
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Well, they can't go back and erase the history books printed on paper.

The Soviets never let that stop them. They just reprinted the history books. And even changed up photos, hard to do before photoshop.

JLC
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"Well, they can't go back and erase the history books printed on paper."

Sure they can.


In a generation, you won't see a print book.

Many libraries are divesting themselves of those old clunky books and going totally digital and E-books.

You think kids today rush out and buy hardcover books? Nope, they download it on Kindle....

You won't have text books in 20 years in most subjects..maybe 10 years.

Soon, libraries will 'discard' those old ones...for the E-books they'll loan out....and digital copies.

you just make new revisions. Can't have folks 'owing slaves'..that's demeaning...slowly it will disappear from every single book/novel and history.....it will be white washed...well, a lot of history already was..... Did folks ever talk about Jefferson owning slaves? NOt until recently......

Heck, you don't even know obama's history....he's managed to keep that a secret.....


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